February 23rd 2015, Mari Hvattum presented the Printed & Built project to Master- and PhD students at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
Lecture summary: In the 1830s and -40s, a host of new printed media emerged all over Europe, bringing illustrated news to a mass audience. Architecture played a prominent role in this expansion, and images of buildings and cities fill the pages of the new press. Despite its ubiquitous presence however, architecture is rarely discussed as such. Instead, it appears in unexpected guises such as the crime scene, the celebration and the disaster. In this lecture, Mari Hvattum ponders the all-pervading yet tacit presence of architecture in the 19th century press, asking what it might tell us about the role of architecture in modern society.